NMI residents urged to include pets in disaster plans

Posted on May 15 2015


As Typhoon Dolphin threatens to take aim at Guam and the Northern Marianna Islands, Humane Society International reminds residents to prepare by taking some simple—but critical—steps to keep their pets safe in severe weather.

The storm could produce damaging winds and flooding in low-lying areas. Residents in the potential areas of impact should stay up-to-date on the storm’s progress. Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area. 

Inga Gibson, HSI’s Pacific Islands policy coordinator, said: “We urge residents in Typhoon Dolphin’s path to prepare now and include their pets in those plans. Pet owners should be ready to bring their animals inside if they are able to wait out the storm at home, or take their pets with them if asked to evacuate. Being prepared offers the best chance for everyone to ride out a storm safely.”

Dogs tethered as a means of confinement or other animals left outside may drown, choke to death on tangled leads, or suffer other serious injuries. Pets should be brought inside in the event of heavy downpours, storm surge or high winds. It’s also important to provide for your pets in the event you lose electricity, making certain they have adequate food and water. 

Pet owners should be aware that many evacuation shelters do not accept pets, and they must plan their destination in advance. Hotels and motels may be willing to lift “no pet” restriction in an emergency. Please check with your local animal shelter or emergency management office to determine if a pet friendly emergency shelter will be set up in your location. Pet owners should remember that having your pet microchipped dramatically increases the chances of reunion if that pet becomes lost.

A planned May 18-29 spay/neuter clinic on Saipan may be changed due to the storm, so please check back for updates.

For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare. (HIS)

Jun Dayao Dayao
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